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Comment: Re:Burial customs? (Score 0) 118

by gstoddart (#48472279) Attached to: Health Advisor: Ebola Still Spreading, Worst Outbreak We've Ever Seen

No, the entitled assholes are the ones who feel no reason to stop doing the very things that are spreading the disease.

Wow, speaking of entitled assholes.

Do you understand the average education levels in Africa? The average wage? The living conditions?

Has it occurred to you that people simply do not understand some of this mumbo jumbo about how the virus spreads? That the entire continent (including the medical people) struggles with this stuff?

Are you really that much of a smug and out of touch western douche that you think the Africans do this stuff out of a selfish sense of entitlement?

So, yeah, the heck with skin color. Let's focus on Westerners who sit around and act like they have the solution to the worlds problems, when in fact they're so ignorant and clueless about those problems as to sound like fucking idiots.

Seriously, do you ever go out of the basement and actually interact with humans? Or do you just sit in your smug chair thinking of ways to be an even bigger asshole?

I'll tell you what, you go to a Baptist church and tell them they need to give up a "ridiculous part of their culture". Or try it at a Mosque.

Hell, try it at a gun range and do us all a favor.


Clarificiation on the IP Address Security in Dropbox Case 141

Posted by samzenpus
from the read-all-about-it dept.
Bennett Haselton writes A judge rules that a county has to turn over the IP addresses that were used to access a county mayor's Dropbox account, stating that there is no valid security-related reason why the IP addresses should be exempt from a public records request. I think the judge's conclusion about IP addresses was right, but the reasoning was flawed; here is a technically more correct argument that would have led to the same answer. Keep Reading to see what Bennett has to say about the case.

Comment: Re:Duh ... (Score 1) 179

by gstoddart (#48468325) Attached to: Hacker Threatened With 44 Felony Charges Escapes With Misdemeanor

There must be a revolving door between federal prosecutors and banks. If the prosecutors leave the banks alone or just fine them a couple of months profits, they will have a lucrative job waiting for them when they leave the government.

There's more truth to that than you might realize:

The people who have been setting government economic policy for the last two decades are usually drawn from the financial industry which almost destroyed the global economy.

So, the lying, cheating bastards who got us into this mess, are the lying, cheating bastards in charge of deciding what to do next.

At which point you more or less assume the whole system has been corrupted to be in the hands of the financial industry. Leaving them free to come up with more policies which favor them, and remove even more regulations which were intended to stop this stuff in the first place.

Which some of us will argue has been the intent for the last half century.

Because some people believe what is good for the crony-capitalists is good for society. Or, at least they believe if they can keep telling us that lie sooner or later it will be too damned late to do anything about it.

Comment: Re:Duh ... (Score 5, Insightful) 179

by gstoddart (#48468111) Attached to: Hacker Threatened With 44 Felony Charges Escapes With Misdemeanor

Ten years ago I would have said you were a crank.

In all honesty, ten years ago I would have said I'm a crank.

But, the reality is, over the last bunch of years, we're seeing much more "victory at any costs" coming both from the legal system and the politicians. Facts and the law are secondary to agendas and posturing.

We're seeing more and more examples of "the law and your rights are too damned inconvenient so we're going to ignore them".

We see Federal law enforcement lying about their secret spying capacity and going to great lengths to conceal it.

We see those same entities writing a hand book for how to commit perjury to about where they got their evidence in order to get a conviction and gloss over some of the shadier bits about how they operate. Effectively it's a "how to frame someone we believe is guilty but didn't legally obtain the evidence".

The companies who caused the economic meltdown? Bailed out, and forgiven so we don't introduce any more instability, totally ignoring what amounted to billions of dollars worth of Ponzi schemes.

The legal system has been co-opted to serve the interests of commercial entities, who more or less write laws which governments pass for them.

And, increasingly, we see the governments of Western nations getting together to do this shit to all of us.

So, yeah ... not so long ago I would have been a crank. But, not so long ago, none of this stuff was real, it was the stuff of fiction.

I keep saying, what was fantastical fiction 10-15 years ago is commonplace. And if it keeps going that way, we're pretty much fucked.

In my mind, we've pretty much reached the point where the surveillance state being in partnership with (and in some cases working for) an oligarchy or corporations who don't give a shit about anything but their own profits, and who have the means to change and control anything which they find inconvenient.

It doesn't seem like there's enough tinfoil on the entire fucking planet to NOT end up sounding like a paranoid loon when you look at what's actually happening.

I'd like to go back to a nice normal "slightly crazy" like before. But the world doesn't seem like it's trending in that direction.

Comment: Duh ... (Score 5, Insightful) 179

by gstoddart (#48467665) Attached to: Hacker Threatened With 44 Felony Charges Escapes With Misdemeanor

Prosecutors are no longer interested in evenly applying the law in a sane manner.

They're interested in high profile retribution which is intended to send a message which says "don't mess with us, or we'll do this to you".

And, somehow, at the CEO level when there's massive fraud and malfeasance ... absolutely nothing happens.

Because the justice system is dependent on how much money is in your bank account, and who your friends are.

Comment: Re:Hmmm ... (Score 4, Insightful) 438

by gstoddart (#48460877) Attached to: The Schizophrenic Programmer Who Built an OS To Talk To God

Yes, he's ill. But the OS he wrote is better than any I've written so far--how about you?

Not sure, it's been a while ... message-passing, multi-tasking microkernel in the early 90s. Hand-rolled bare-metal HD drive controller and interrupt stack, with full ability to read and write FAT filesystems from reading the specs from the technical manual.

Haven't felt the need since OS class.

I have no idea what his does, I had to block the image of the scrolling glimpse into the abyss which was the screenshot of the OS before it induced a seizure.

Crazy doesn't mean stupid.

Nor does it mean "newsworthy".

I've known a couple of schizophrenics and various people with varying degrees mental illness. What I would not do is subject most of them to the interwebs without a buffer between them and what happens.

Does pandering to showing the OS someone with schizophrenia wrote help them in any way? Is what he writes actually healthy for him? Or does it just let him wallow in some of his obsessions?

So, sure, it's definitely blinking and flashing. Does it actually do anything other than embed his own rituals? I have no idea.

Comment: Re:Google doesn't have a monopoly on ANYTHING. (Score 1) 324

by alexgieg (#48459745) Attached to: The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

Thanks, I liked that article. It expresses many of the same criticisms I have to Rothbard, better than I myself could.

However, that has no bearing on the issue at hand. Central banks are state monopolies that prevent the free market of private currencies. If one's a fundamentalist free-market advocate, then currencies are just a good among others, and monopolizing on their production is anything but being free. Hence, any central bank cannot by definition be a fundamentalist free-market advocate, else they'd advocate for their own monopolies over their respective national currencies to end.

That's why, incidentally, no huge company is ever truly libertarian. Libertarianism is always the position defended by those neither at the bottom nor at the top of the economic pyramid. It's a purely middle-class ideology.

Comment: Re:If and only if (Score 1) 620

by gstoddart (#48459311) Attached to: Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

My view is that there isn't a particularly good reason to act right now. But with a few decades of experience we should be able to tell if global warming is a serious problem or not.

Ah, the ostrich algorithm.

Do nothing, pretend like there's no problem, keep on with the status quo for now.

I'm sure that's great for the fossil fuel industry. Maybe not so good for future generations

But, hey, as long as quarterly profits and executive bonuses stay high, it's all good, right?

Unfortunately it means the rest of the world is paying the price for the profits of these industries while they pretend they're not having a negative impact on the world.

I'm less willing to think that corporations deserve the benefit of the doubt here. Because all they care about is their own profits, and spend great scads of money to try to convince us nothing bad is happening.

For every bloke who makes his mark, there's half a dozen waiting to rub it out. -- Andy Capp